Will You Die with Me?: My Life and the Black Panther Party

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Simon and Schuster, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
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Amid the social turmoil of the 1960s and ,70s, a young man in California found his purpose in the rise of the Black Panther Party, made a deadly mistake that cost him his freedom, and ultimately got his life back, having learned the true lessons of the Buddha Samurai.

By the time Flores Forbes was twenty-five years old, he had just a GED and sixty college credits to his name. But he had gone far in his chosen profession as a revolutionary. In 1977, Forbes had been in the Black Panther Party for almost a decade and had become the youngest member of the organization's central committee. In this remarkable memoir, Forbes vividly describes his transformation from an angry youth into a powerful partisan in the ranks of the black liberation movement. Disillusioned in high school by the racism in his native San Diego, he began reading Black Panther literature. Drawn to the Panthers' mission of organizing resistance to police brutality, he eagerly joined and soon found himself immersed in a culture of Mao-inspired rigor. His dedication ultimately earned him a place in the Party's elite inner circle as assistant chief of staff, charged with heading up the "fold" -- the heavily armed military branch dubbed by Huey P. Newton the "Buddha Samurai." "My job was one of the most secretive in the party," writes Forbes, "and to this day most of the people who were in the Party over the years had not a clue as to what I really did..."

With intimate portraits of such BPP leaders as Elaine Brown, Eldridge Cleaver, and Huey P. Newton, Will You Die with Me? is a riveting firsthand look at some of the most dramatic events of the last century and a brutally honest tale of one man's journey from rage to redemption.

  

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Review: Will You Die with Me?: My Life and the Black Panther Party

User Review  - Marcel - Goodreads

Having only learned the white medias perspective of the Black Panther's Party prior to reading this book, I was quite taken aback by this insider's perspective into the world of the Black Panthers. I ... Read full review

Review: Will You Die with Me?: My Life and the Black Panther Party

User Review  - Jo Stafford - Goodreads

A page-turning account of life inside the Black Panther Party by someone who became an integral part of Huey P Newton's security force. Forbes joined the Party at the age of 16 and moved up the ranks ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
13
Section 4
21
Section 5
30
Section 6
35
Section 7
44
Section 8
54
Section 24
149
Section 25
163
Section 26
172
Section 27
179
Section 28
184
Section 29
190
Section 30
194
Section 31
201

Section 9
62
Section 10
65
Section 11
73
Section 12
80
Section 13
86
Section 14
94
Section 15
104
Section 16
107
Section 17
113
Section 18
116
Section 19
121
Section 20
127
Section 21
132
Section 22
135
Section 23
145
Section 32
206
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
240
Section 39
243
Section 40
251
Section 41
262
Section 42
265
Section 43
267
Section 44
275
Section 45
281
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About the author (2006)

Flores A. Forbes,recently profiled inCrain's New York Business,is the chief strategic officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation in New York City.

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